Plain packaging, tax sugar and fat. Labour policies… all around the world

UKIP’s Nigel Farage writes

So utterly devoid of real policy solutions, and so helplessly out of touch with what the British public are concerned about, the Labour Party are now turning their hands to banning what they call “high levels of fat, sugar, and salt” in food. Apparently, they launched the policy at an event where they served sugary fruit juice, chocolate brioche, and buttery croissants. You couldn’t make it up.
But beyond Labour’s rank hypocrisy and lack of focus on the key issues of the day, we have to acknowledge that before one vote has been cast in the General Election, Mr Miliband is already planning on a major resurgence of the nanny-state ideals that we saw flourish under Mr Blair and Mr Brown.

“Children will need better protection from the pressures of modern living,” the Labour Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, has said. I agree, we shouldn’t shovel sweets and fizzy drinks into the mouths of kids – but here I was thinking this was a matter for parents, rather than one for government.

Correct me if I’m wrong, and I’m sure I’ll be lectured on this by some interventionist “do-gooder” – but it’s not really for government to decide what is available to adults on supermarket shelves.

Unless you are the type of person to decide how sucky your vacuum cleaner should be, what type of light bulb you are allowed to use, or how nice your shower actual works (or not).   The left of politics are a miserable lot, and they don’t trust anyone to make good decisions for themselves.  

This, by the way, from a Labour Party who not six months ago was telling us that our energy prices should be frozen. More government intervention – and in a market that has seen the price of Brent Crude drop 50 per cent over the last six months. Effectively, Labour wanted to freeze energy prices at their annual peak

You just can hear the sighs of relief from Labour and the Greens for not being completely committed to “NZ Power” now.  But what is fascinating is the nearly one-for-one policy similarities.   It could lead to quite the conspiracy theory about global domination and control, except that’s normally leveled against the right.

It’s not like we should be surprised that Labour are so shoddy on these issues. Mr Miliband was Gordon Brown’s Energy Secretary. He brought in the swathes of green levies that pushed people’s energy bills up, and now he wants to freeze them there. In short, what people will be voting for if they vote Labour in May, is a return to 2008. I don’t need to remind you what a troublesome time that was for so many people.

A return to 2008.   Spooky.

They apply this “You can’t look after yourselves” logic to almost every policy proposition they have. Take smoking for example: you can’t enjoy a cigarette if you as an adult so choose to, despite the numerous health warnings we’ve had for decades. So Labour banned it indoors. But that wasn’t enough. Now we have graven images on all cigarette packages, and they’ve got to be locked away in cupboards in the supermarkets so that we can’t see them. As if looking at a packet of cigarettes is what drives people to smoke.

But that wasn’t enough either. Now, Labour, along with most Tories, I might add, want to stop cigarette companies having any branding on their packets at all. Plain packaging, they call it. I call it a deliberate and nonsensical imposition on a market worth around £12bn to the Treasury, and which keeps around 66,000 people in jobs.

But forget the financials, or the employment figures, as Labour are so willing to do. Instead, let’s focus on the evidence. Does plain packaging really stop people smoking? The best example we have is in Australia, where since plain packaging was introduced in 2012, household expenditure on tobacco has actually increased. And so has the black market in cigarettes.

These are the effects of banning things that should be readily available to responsible adults in a free society. Not, as the meddlesome politicians will try to tell you, a response that they would like to see. But rather quite the opposite.

We would have had a thriving black market in dodgy shower heads had Labour managed to get that past the goalie.

Labour are the same the world over.  They just want to control everything about you, and take your personal rights and decisions away and make these part of the state.

A very soft version of Islam, now that I think of it.

Personal freedom is under attack all the time, and we shouldn’t forget the lefties in the current climate where lone wolf gunman suck up all the media attention:  the slow rot to personal freedom that Labour parties the world over would like to implement is to some degree just as dangerous.

Labour’s plans to interfere in people’s private and hopefully responsible choices can scarcely be thought of as a positive contribution to the country.


– The Independent


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  • corporate refugee

    Freedom of personal choice for the individual has never been a feature within the Socialist agenda.

  • oldmanNZ

    Video games and movies cause obesities just as much as sugar and fat.
    a person on low fat, sugar but high carbs can get very fat just sitting around playing games all day, or watching movies, surfing the net and blogging.
    look at KDC, he plays a lot of games. (Which remind me, if anyone is still hacking into SONY?)

    So labour should plain package video games as well.

    why stop there.
    Fast food outlets and takeaways should be plain package too, no longer allowed to display the golden arches, or the colonel, and all shops must be painted white.

    • OneTrack

      Stop giving them ideas.

  • BR

    “The left of politics are a miserable lot, and they don’t trust anyone to make good decisions for themselves”

    However you can always trust the left to make bad decisions for everyone else.


  • R&BAvenger

    “Children must be protected from the modern world” NO!!
    Parents must be parents and make better choices for their children, no excuses!!

  • Grizz30

    I feel cheated. I bought shares in a couple of power companies the government partially sold down. The Opposition talked the sales down and the IPO price was probably well below par. Now with political risk abated, the share prices have rocketed. Up more than 50%. You would think if they had kept their traps shut, they would have been sold for more. Now thanks to their meddling, it is the “rich pricks” who have benefited.

  • kloyd0306

    Once a so called problem is identified by the left, the solution is by force rather than by choice, or tax it so that it becomes unaffordable.

    The left does not trust it’s own people or even its own voters.